By Brian Jensen
During a brief detour at SHOT, I wandered by the booth for MSP, or Mounting Solutions Plus. MSP both distributes and manufactures firearms accessories. While talking there, they showed me some new products for the Mini 14.
Ruger’s rifle is a well-loved firearm and enjoys a loyal following for its rugged reliable properties. Many people love the traditional look of a wood stock and blued barrel. It’s also just a light and handy rifle for many as their “truck gun”. And for some, it’s the only legal semi-auto .223 rifle for civilians in states that ban rifles such as the AR-15.
The one complaint I used to hear was that the Mini-14 was that there were no accessories for it. With the exception of mounts for a scope, they aren’t nearly as modular as say, an AR-15. They also had simple sights, with little to no ability to upgrade them making their accuracy somewhat problematic.
I found that MSP has worked to rectify that. They carry numerous stocks, mounts, and accessories for guns. They have a whole section for the Mini-14 with everything from stocks, mounts, to whatever you want. One mini-14 at the booth was all “tacti-cool” with an expanding style pistol grip stock that even has a bullet drop computer mounted to the side.
That aside, the most interesting thing I found was their new mounting system for a muzzle brake / flash suppressor. Usually, the front sight of the Mini is held on as part of a collar that is pinned in place on the barrel. What MSP did, was create a collar to replace the original Ruger one, with threads at the muzzle end. These threads are standard AR muzzle device threads so…you guessed it, you can mount a standard AR flash suppressor or muzzle brake to your Mini 14. It will also accommodate other accessories to the muzzle, such as an adaptor to hold a suppressor.
What is more, the system also has an integral dovetail to attach a front sight for the Mini with options for white dots, fiber optics, etc. They use a sight similar to the M-14 setup, which is well known for its accuracy. This one item alone enhances the Mini 14 to a huge degree with quality sights for well places shots.
I asked MSP what prompted them. They said there were all number of adaptations for the Mini-14, but few were of high quality. He looked at the problem, and decided to create something that used an already established system (the AR-style muzzle devices…). He found someone who could fabricate the collar and put in a dovetail to take the Mini-14 style sight. There you have it.
If your Mini-14 is in need of the TLC, or some dressing up, look at the MSP group.